The following members of the Canadian National Team Training Squad have been invited to participate in the West Indies Cricket Board's 2003 edition of the Red Stripe Bowl. The players are scheduled to depart Toronto at the end of September for the tournament that starts on October 1, 2003. The preliminary round of games ends on October 12th.
Ishwar MARAJ (Capt.)
Manager: Mike Henry.
Coaches: Phillip Service (WICB)
Andre Coley (Asst).(WICB) .
Several of the players participated in the cricket World Cup 2003. Several new players are being offered exposure and opportunities for development purposes and before selections are made for some significant ICC fixtures in 2004 and beyond. Other alternates also need to be "match-hardened" from an expanding group of both youth and senior players.
Several players, including CWC 2003 standout John Davison, are expected to again be available for the 2004 and future fixtures. Competition to retain places is expected to be keen, as Canada forges ahead to the ICC 2005 World Cup qualifier and towards ODI status by 2006. Ex-Captain Joe Harris and Davis Joseph have announced their resignations.
Jethi and Bhatti recently returned from a successful WICB U-19 tournament in Guyana and are expected to be leaders on Canada's U-19 contingent to the ICC U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004. Bhatti was a member of the WICB St. George's Academy 2002 class.
Red Stripe Bowl 2003 alternates include: D. Mills, T. Taitt, M.Mulla, Z. Surkari, A. Talati.